Not impressed with Google Chrome OS? Not to worry. It looks like you can install Android on Google’s Cr-48 notebook. You know, the one that comes preloaded with Chrome.

Photographic evidence comes to us from Hexxeh, the same guy who released a tool making it easier to install Windows, OS X, or other operating systems the other day.

While Google Chrome OS is basically nothing but a web browser, Android has a web browser and the ability to download and install third party apps. It’s a lot more useful if you happen to want to use your computer when there’s no internet connection available.

Hexxeh hasn’t posted any details about which version of Android he’s running or what steps he took to install it. But based on the Live Wallpaper on the desktop, I’d say this is at least Android 2.1, if not a newer version such as Froyo or Gingerbread.

via GeekWord

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6 replies on “Google Android ported to the Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook”

  1. “It’s a lot more useful if you happen to want to use your computer when there’s no internet connection available.”

    Hmm we’re still hung up on this? All Chrome devices will have wireless carrier capability just like the Cr-48.

    1. 3g data service will end up costing many times the cost of the netbook so it is a legitimate concern.

      This is my 1st netbook so I love being able to reply to posts while in bed and have a computer with me.

      We have lots of places w/wifi so I can get by. I look forward to ssh support so I can remote into my ubuntu pc at home for programming tasks, etc. Local Google Doc support as well. Both promised for the finished product.

  2. As wonderful as all that is, that is not the reason they were shipped out. I am seeing alot of post where folks are installing another OS, but not many actually doing what they signed up to do.

      1. Like that means a whole lot? I can link you to a video of Jobs talking about Flash and then spin it into a justification to jailbreak in order to run Flash plugins. Either your definition is just shallow or it’s purposely twisted. Whatever the reason, it’s hardly right to do what a lot of people seem to be doing (and encouraging others to do).

        The whole point of including the jailbreak switch was to give developers who wanted to work on the Cr-48 extra ability to mess around in the terminal and access other features buried in the normal, verified boot mode. The whole purpose of the Ubuntu tut, which a Google dev actually posted, was so that devs could actually dual boot Ubuntu, do some code, and then patch their Chrome OS install, all from the same machine.

        Honestly, it’s really a no brainer if you watch that video you linked to in full, instead of just chop parts out of it. Ask yourself this: if Google wanted to test the hardware and see if it could run Mac OSX or Win7, why would they even bother with the pilot program at all? Why would it even come with ChromeOS?

        You assume way too much, and in doing so, make quite a number of fallacies.

    1. Big agree. I’ve contemplated about installing Jolicloud or Android or a netbook Ubuntu distro on my cr-48 before, but only after they announce the testing phase is over. It’s wrong if someone gives you something for free and asks for a favor in return if you flip them the bird and just do whatever you like with it. You wouldn’t do this to your friend, so what gives?

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